Astronomy Lab for Kids

Astronomy Lab for Kids by Michelle Nichols

52 Family-Friendly Activities

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591341
Publisher: Quarry Books
Series: Lab Series
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Introduce your children to the wonders of the galaxy in a fun, hands on way!

It can be hard to explain and understand what lies beyond what you see in the beautiful night sky. Astronomy Lab for Kids teaches children the basics of outer space in 52 lessons that can be done with everyday items from around your house. Mini astronomers will learn about things such as the size and scale of planets using sandwich cookies and tennis balls, how to measure the speed of light with a flat candy bar and a microwave, how to make a simple telescope with magnifying glasses, and so much more! Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises.

Michelle Nichols is Master Educator at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL, where she has worked for twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. At the Adler Planetarium, Ms. Nichols specializes in informal education (i.e., "out-of-school-time" education). She has developed, facilitated, and evaluated hundreds of astronomy, space exploration, and history of astronomy activities for audiences ranging from early elementary children to adults. She has served on Adler staff teams to create planetarium shows, several of which have been distributed to planetariums internationally, and several dozen exhibits, both large and small. From 2008 to 2014, she was a member of the NASA Interstellar Boundary Explorer Education and Public Outreach team. She currently works with Adler's Far Horizons Space program, bringing the excitement of high altitude ballooning and space exploration to middle and high school students and teachers, and Ms. Nichols coordinates the Adler Planetarium's telescope outreach program, 'Scopes in the City. Ms. Nichols has served as an advisor for several Bearport Publishing children's books: Superfast Rockets, Space: Surviving in Zero-G, Ellen Ochoa: Reach for the Stars, and The Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion, as well as the Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers series (The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto: Dwarf Planet, and Comets).

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591341
Series: Lab Series
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.75 in x 8.75 in / 222.25 mm x 222.25 mm
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“A creative way to offer hands-on learning for science educators, parents, or students interested in astronomy.” –Doneanne Soult, Westampton Middle School, NJ, for School Library Journal
“Sound scientific procedures, clearly photographed step-by-step directions, and thorough explanations of intended results make this a winning resource for family-friendly experiments concerning the heavens that will teach something new to both young readers and the adults assisting them.” — Erin Anderson, for Booklist
"The science is solid and presented in a fun way. Each activity has information about the amount of time it might take to do the activity plus a list of materials needed, safety tips, and setup hints...this is a great book that will be a joy to all who use it." - Ralph Peterson, National Science Teachers Association Recommends
"This well-thought-out collection includes many demonstrations familiar to science educators as well as some surprising and engaging new ones; it should be a welcome addition to any school, public, or home science library." - Kirkus Reviews